YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Sha’Haun Williams was a kid when his love and passion for football began. Now, as an adult, this love and passion is met with determination and perseverance.
This weekend, Williams travels to Alabama to begin training camp with the Major Football League, a pro-development league designed to help players get to the next level. He said he had a lot to do to stay motivated and focused.
“Really just having this why. If you understand why with any aspect of life, you will keep working and keep going. It doesn’t matter what you do, you know, whether you work in an office, whether you have your own business, whether you, it doesn’t matter, if you have this “why” you will get up and grind every day and it will be your hunger and your motivation to do what you do,” he said.
Williams is on the south side of Youngstown. He graduated from Ursuline High School in 2014, then played soccer at Notre Dame in Ohio before graduating in 2020. He remembers when he was just a kid and was introduced to the sports for the first time.
“Our neighbors used to go to football practice every day, and I was just playing football around the neighborhood. So one day they’re like, ‘We have to go practice’ and I’m like, ‘You’re doing this to for real? You know, I thought it was just something in the neighborhood,” he said.
From then on, it would become an important part of his life.
Williams says that despite a few bumps in the road, he has always been dedicated to the game. He has a special drive that keeps him going.
“My daughter, you know, she has one now. She’s a little over a year old, and you know, ever since I found out I was going to be a dad, it was like, man, I just, it really upped my grind even more and made me made it grind so much harder. You know, to shake things up for her. To know, I have a greater purpose in life. It’s not just me anymore, everything I do is for her,” he said.
Williams said being from Youngstown and seeing the kids who share that passion for football always encourages him because he knows he can be a role model for them.
“Honestly, I think it’s more important than football, to be that role model for people and certainly for the kids in the community who are on the pitch as well,” he said.
Williams will play on the Arkansas Attack team. The games start in the fall and can be watched on Amazon Prime.
“It’s a quick season, it’s only five games, but it’s a chance for players like me to develop this movie so the higher ups can see it in the NFL,” he said.
Williams says he’s more motivated than ever and excited to take this next step in his career.